The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
- Evan Bescan
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He currently resides in Grafton, Ohio, and is a full-time music teacher at Elyria Community Elementary School. Evan is a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and is also a consultant of the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Ian Crane
Ian Crane currently teaches music at Cuyahoga Falls High School, and spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, sung with Bobby McFerrin and Contrapunctus, and has performed as both a vocalist and instrumentalist with Apollo’s Fire. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and a master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
- Nathan Dougherty
Tenor Nathan Dougherty recently began his D.M.A in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University. In the summer of 2016, he completed a master’s degree in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California, where he sang with the Baroque Sinfonia and Collegium. In 2012, Nathan graduated with Music Department Distinction from St. Olaf College, with a degree in Vocal Performance. While there, he was the tenor section leader of the St. Olaf Choir, and a soloist in the Early Music Singers. He also performed with the Lyric Theater Department, with roles including Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro.
- Ross W. Duffin
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
- Merav Eldan
Mezzo-soprano Merav Eldan, a native Israeli, made her American début at the Cleveland Institute of Music as the Princess in Puccini’s Sister Angelica. She is in her first year of CIM’s Artist Diploma program, studying with Mary Schiller. Eldan has been a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and in the world premiere of Bardanashvili’s Rabbi Shimon’s Bar Yochai Passion with Israel Camerata Jerusalem. Her collaboration with the Israeli composer Oded Zehavi includes Bagina, a mono-drama about a homeless woman, for brass quintet and mezzo-soprano. Next spring, she will sing arias with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
- Donna Fagerhaug
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to Quire Cleveland, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Contrapunctus, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna also works as a vocal coach in the Rocky River City Schools. She lives in Rocky River with her husband and three children.